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1. Any of various marine polychaete worms of the genus Glycera, having bright red bodies and often used for bait.
2. Any of various freshwater larvae of certain midges that are red as a result of the high hemoglobin content of their blood.
3. Any of various parasitic worms of the genus Strongylus that infect the intestinal systems of horses. Also called redworm.
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1. (Animals) the red wormlike aquatic larva of the midge, Chironomus plumosus, which lives at the bottom of stagnant pools and ditches
2. (Animals) a freshwater oligochaete tubifex worm
3. (Fishing) any of several small reddish worms used as angling bait
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1. any of several small red annelid worms, esp. various earthworms.
2. the freshwater larva of midges.
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Noun1.bloodworm - a segmented marine worm with bright red body; often used for bait
polychaete, polychaete worm, polychete, polychete worm - chiefly marine annelids possessing both sexes and having paired appendages (parapodia) bearing bristles
genus Polycirrus, Polycirrus - genus of soft-bodied polychete marine worms
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South Linden: Black Cat's Whisker, Bloodworm, Black Fritz, various lures.
Top flies were Buzzers, Dancers, Black Tadpole and Pink Bloodworm. Milder weather should see the sport pick up.
FLY BOX Derwent: Orange Fritz, Bloodworm, Dawson's Olive Hot Tail, Cat's Whisker.
Given a milder spell Buzzers, Bloodworm, Damsel Nymph, Black and Green Lures such as the Viva and Zonkers are all worth a cast.
The day started off with fly-tying a bloodworm, a demonstration on fish filleting and it was the start of the three-month salmon workshop with casting tuition using a double-handed fishing rod.
Regular Ken Milner caught 27 trout including some in exceptional condition and caught on a Bloodworm fished on a floating line.
Geff Toothall from Ashington returned a nice 12lb rainbow taken on a bloodworm, whereas Rob Frame from Denton returned 19 to various flies.
The trout for the most part have been feeding mid water so Buzzers, Bloodworm, Diawl Bach, Damsels, Dancers, Cats Whiskers and Dawson's Olive have all worked well, the colder mornings have seen fish staying deep but they can still be caught as long as you fish to the conditions.
Zonkers, bunny leech and white lures generally, olive or pink bloodworm, damsels and buzzers have all taken trout and the black beetle is still taking one or two on the surface though there has been less surface activity with the cooler weather and still bright days.
Bloodworm, Buzzers, PTN, Cats Whisker, Daddies and various lures were taking trout.
Terry Donnelly from Whitley Bay scored his personal best with a rainbow of 6lb 8oz on an amber bloodworm.
Bigwell Fly Fishery 01600 772904 Red-coloured flies are still favourites at the Redbrook pools and a bloodworm nymph was used by Glyn Neale when he landed the week's heaviest rainbow weighing 7lb 14oz.